POTCHEFSTROOM: A 41-year-old husband is expected to appear on Monday, 3 January 2022, in the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court for attempted murder and rape.

According to information at our disposal, the man who is currently separated from his wife, called and asked the latter to meet to discuss an urgent matter. As per agreement, the estranged husband collected the wife from her parental home on Wednesday afternoon, 29 December 2021. The husband then drove towards a local mall, but changed directions and headed to their house at Lerome village near Mogwase outside Rustenburg.

Subsequent to an argument that ensued after the pair’s arrival in Lerome, the husband allegedly assaulted and strangled the wife with a rope, then poured her with petrol and eventually raped her. Consequent to the rape, the suspect allegedly forced the victim into his car and drove away with her. However, the victim managed to unlock the car and jumped out. She was assisted by Good Samaritan who was walking along the road. He took the victim to the police station where charges of attempted murder and rape were laid leading to the arrest of the suspect on Thursday, 30 December 2021.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, condemned the Gender Based Violence (GBV) incident and congratulated the Mogwase Detectives for arresting the suspect. Lieutenant General Kwena said that GBV will not be tolerated and that alleged perpetrators will be dealt with effectively.

Source: South African Police Service